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Kuwaiti man not guilty of fraud

KUWAIT CITY, March 25: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of conning a Kuwaiti woman by promising to marry her, and then taking KD 25,000 from her under the pretext of investing in a commercial venture. According to the case file, the plaintiff met the defendant when he took care of one of her transactions. The relationship between them grew and he eventually asked her to marry him. After she agreed, he convinced her to invest in a commercial project and she gave him KD 25,000. However, he failed to meet his promises. Investigations revealed that the defendant actually received the cash from the plaintiff. Representing the defendant was Lawyer Elaf Al-Saleh who denied all the charges and affirmed that the agreement between his client and the plaintiff was to enter in a joint commercial venture as partners with another third person, who took the money as well as an extra KD 5,000 and disappeared. Lawyer Al-Saleh explained that the plaintiff’s testimony was not backed by any substantial evidences. The case lacked principles of criminal intent. He affirmed that the defendant and the plaintiff are victims of swindling, and the actual criminal is the one who disappeared with the money.

Citizen acquitted: The Court of Appeals cancelled the decision of the First Instance Court, which had earlier refrained from imposing punishment on a citizen accused of beating and insulting two compatriots and their two sisters but ordered them to sign a pledge of good conduct for one year and pay KD 500 financial guarantee. This led to the acquittal of the accused. Attorney Essmat Al-Gharboutli represented the accused in court. Previously, the Public Prosecution charged the citizen with causing injuries and uttering expletives to two compatriots who are brothers and their two sisters. The plaintiffs submitted medical reports to substantiate their claims while investigations revealed that the accused insulted them in front of passersby. After announcing its decision not to impose punishment on the accused, the First Instance Court referred the civil part of the lawsuit to the relevant court. The accused then appealed the decision and the higher court acquitted him.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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